Here are some brief snippets from the articles and books we've been talking about.

a. Benjamin Arrives at the Reunion from The Class Reunion

b. Captain Tad and the Wave Dancer from The Dunes Incident

c. The Beach at Night from Cahuita

d. Secure Refuge from Between Dennis and Kate

e. Winnipeg from 1967

f. Live Where You're Welcome from The Legend of Wilson Lake

g. The Silver Dollar Coup from Blackhawk Manuscript

h. November Exits from Blackhawk Manuscript

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Secret Lives of Musicians

Secret Lives is the only novel I've published using a pen name. (My middle name is Emmett and my mother's middle name was Orlaine. Hence, Emmett Orlaine.)  But this is not a book about music. It's a collection of stories about musicians from different eras who find themselves in international, desperate, and often life-threatening situations and how they improvise and think on their feet to survive. It's a cultural time capsule, it's funny, and it's available for all eBook formats anywhere in the world—and only $4.99.

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